UN Security Council urges probe into death of PA official

Palestinian security members drive with the coffin of senior Palestinian official Ziad Abu Ein during his funeral in the West Bank city of Ramallah on December 11, 2014. (Photo credit: AFP/ AHMAD GHARABLI)
15-member body says ‘maximum restraint’ should be exercised by all sides, notes Israeli willingness for joint investigation

The Times of Israel

The UN Security Council said Israel and the Palestinians must exercise “maximum restraint” and conduct a “swift and transparent investigation” into the death of a senior Palestinian official on Wednesday after a clash with IDF troops in the West Bank.

In a statement released Friday night, the 15-member body “expressed [its] sorrow at the death” and “condolences to the family of Minister Ziad Abu Ein, the Palestinian people and the Palestinian Authority.”

The incident has triggered protests and clashes in the West Bank, as the Palestinian leadership has blamed Israel for “killing” the 55-year-old official. Pathologists disagree on the main cause of his death, with Palestinian doctors saying the 55-year-old cabinet minister died from a blow to the body and Israeli doctors saying he had a heart attack.

Israel has proposed a joint investigation which the Security Council said it acknowledged.

“Council members took note of the willingness of the Government of Israel to conduct a joint investigation into the incident,” the statement read.

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